Last Sunday, it warmed up enough to take the 360 out for a short spin. On the way home, I was exiting the highway when - BOOM - the whole inside tire wall blew out of the passenger side rear tire. I had to get the poor thing towed home since I didn't have a spare. The tires on the car have plenty of tread but are complete crap and I couldn't guess how old they are. It probably wasn't a great idea, but I figured 20 or 30 miles wouldn't hurt. I'm wrong a lot.
Luckily, I wasn't going too fast and the wheel rode on the flat while I pulled over to a parking lot and I don't see any signs of damage on the wheel. So, It's time for new tires all the way around. I'm probably going to just put a new set of Pilot Sports on it and get on with it, but I thought I'd throw out some questions and see if anyone can chime in. 1.) Does anyone have experience with Spares?
a.) does a rear-spare harm the diff because of rolling radius differences?
b.) is there a recommended low-profile jack for roadside swaps? 2.) If I decide to put new tires on the existing 18" BBS:
a.) What is the largest width tire you can put on an 18" challenge wheel? Currently, I have 295/30/18 on the rear. 3.) If I decide to go with new Rims, I was thinking about these: Ferrari 360 : Ferrari 360-430 Complete Centerlock Conversion Kit
a.) Has anyone here tried this kit out? Seems like a pretty good deal.
b.) Does any one have a tire size recommendation above stock for these? 4.) If I decide to toss logic and reason out the window:
a.) are there 19" wheel/tire combos that allow for a 345 on the back?
b.) What the widest front tire that can be installed? (I'm perfectly comfortable rolling fenders)
c.) Is there a wheel/tire combo that people recommend for ridiculous width tires like these?
d.) Is there a point where wider tires will start to actually harm the handling?
To be fair, I'm probably just going to toss new tires on the Challenge wheels and call it a day. But, I am curious about how wild/interesting you can get with the sizes.